Minor in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education

A child works on writing at a table in class. (Unsplash / Jerry Wang)

The minor in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education provides students with specialized courses that will increase their understanding of typical and atypical development, as well strategies to support young children with disabilities and their families when working as a professional in inclusive settings where young children with disabilities are served.

The minor is structured so that students have a foundational knowledge, and then are able to choose courses that best meet their future professional and educational goals. For example, in SEDP 216 students will hear from family members of children with disabilities. In ECSE 301, students will be able to participate in a mock assessment session, and in ECSE 401, students learn about children with complex medical needs.

The minor requires 18 credits, consisting of the following:

Required Courses    Credits
ECSE 201   Infants and Young Children with Disabilities     3
ECSE 202   Social-Emotional Development in Early Childhood     3
SEDP 216   Families and Professional Partnerships     3
Select three of the following courses:
ECSE 301   Developmental Assessment for Young Children      
ECSE 303   Behavior Support in Early Childhood Special Education      
ECSE 304   Communication and Language Development in Early Childhood      
ECSE 401   Medical Aspects of Early Childhood Special Education      
ECSE 410   Play-based Instruction for Inclusive Settings      
ECSE 501   Principles of Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health      
SEDP 402   Exceptionality and Technology: Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Assistive Technology      
Total Hours         18


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Students who complete this minor will not meet the requirements needed for teacher licensure in the state of Virginia as outlined by the Virginia Department of Education. For information regarding licensure, please contact the School of Education's Student Services Center.



  • 30 credits of baccalaureate coursework
  • GPA of 2.8​​
  • Completion of the minor form

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